Korean TV: Running Man – 런닝맨
Korean TV mostly needs no translation. It is quirky and humorous enough on its own to understand, almost as if watching a game of charades.
Among my favourite shows is 런닝맨 or ‘Running Man’ in English.
Yoo Jae-suk is the ringleader of this improv comedy featuring some excellent Korean comedians and performers who unfold a storyline filled with a series of challenges that they have to address as a team competing against half of the remainder of the panel. It is a timeless show, and can be found playing on reel in most Korean hotel rooms.
Enjoy the inserts below. I think you will get the idea pretty quickly, although be warned, it can be addictive.
Ever had that experience of looking for something and not finding it?
Last night’s efforts to find a shirt and hat with the Running Man logo for the Korean improv comedy didn’t work out after a couple of weeks of searching. And I was so close!
Towards the end of the journey, I sensed I was trying to push a square peg into a round hole. Not an easy way to do anything…
Rather than seeing it as a fruitless effort, the story from this search gave me some good lessons:
- Collaboration underpins the Design Forum for the 10 City Bridge Run seeking to improve the delivery of child survival.
- Framing the Design Forum process with the thematic mantra for the Dongdaemun Design Plaza of “Dream Design Play”
- Challenging outcome will mostly be difficult. The impossible takes a little more time and effort.
This wasn’t failure. It was an outcome.
I have rescheduled the Seoul run until next Sunday (23 November) when I will participate in the Sohn Ki-chung marathon. Sohn Ki-chung was the great marathon runner who broke the 2:30 barrier by smashing the world record in 1935, then winning the Berlin Olympics Marathon in 1936. As a coach, he was successful, and in 1950 achieved first, second and third placing for all Korean runners in the Boston Marathon.
Sohn Ki-chung also gives inspiration for the photo-essay of human bridges to make the book ‘Life Bridge’, adapted through his words: “The human bridge makes incredible things possible when supported by strong commitment and passion.“